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Hunter dies in apparent fall from tree stand

January 21, 2006

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a hunter who was killed Friday after apparently falling from his perch in a tree stand.

Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said the body of 50-year-old Charles Maclean III of Deer Island was found in a wooded area off Shunz Road, near Port Orange.

Haught said Maclean and a hunting companion were supposed to meet at a designated spot in the wooded area about 10 a.m. When Maclean failed to show, his friend began looking for him and found him lying on the ground, lifeless, at the tree stand where he had left Maclean earlier in the day.

The friend called 911, but before he could give dispatchers further information, the call was disconnected, Haught said. That prompted sheriff's officials to search for the men via helicopter.

Haught said Maclean's friend was spotted coming out of the woods along Shunz Road.

The Volusia County medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine how Maclean died.

Orlando Sentinel

Hunter dies after fall from tree

PORT ORANGE -- A hunter died after falling about 20 feet from his perch in a tree this morning and sheriff's officials are looking into the apparent accidental death.

Charles Maclean III, 50, of Deer Island was deep in a wooded area off of Shunz Road near Port Orange. When he didn't meet his friend at 10 a.m., the friend went looking for him and found him motionless on the ground, sheriff's officials said.

The Volusia County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy on the man to determine how he died.


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